Last weekend we did our annual ski weekend with friends to Wisp Mountain in western Maryland–five years running now. I may have mentioned a few thousand times before that I am not a winter person, and downhill skiing isn’t my thing. But the weekend is always so much fun that I look forward to it each year in spite of myself. This year was a bit of a bummer because my son couldn’t ski due to his injury, but he kept his chin up, which made me proud. I got in some cross-country skiing right on the lake there, which was a really fun experience.
As you know, packing for a ski trip involves a ton of gear–so much stuff for just one little weekend! It was the perfect chance for me to try out my new Apera performance duffel, which the company provided me for free. I’d already been using it for gym going, but wanted to see how it would work for weekend travel.
Things I love about this bag:
- The size–more than enough space, pockets, places to stash things for a given trip to the gym
- Anti-microbial lining–excellent for sweaty gear or a wet bathing suit
- Outside zipper pockets–easy to stash a running shoe into each pocket
- Great weekender bag–I was able to fit all my ski, workout and everyday clothing into this one bag for the trip, which is saying a lot
- The color availability–I chose black/blue for my bag because that way I can share it with my kids when they this sized bag, but there are some fun colors from which to choose (hello pink!)
Things didn’t love:
- I think the one downside to this bag is the size of the opening when unzipped. For the gym, this is ok, but for a weekend trip, I found the opening a bit narrow and hard to get things into/out of the bag.
- The size of the outside pocket–I was able to slide my MacBook Air into the pocket, but not zip it up. Just a couple inches more in depth and I would have been good to go.
Overall, I think Apera makes a nice, versatile bag, especially for the gym. Coming in at $124 for the performance duffel, it might be a little steep, but I do think it’s a durable bag that will last for years.
Interested in your own Apera bag? The company is offering up its sprint pack, along with a 25 percent gift certificate to a second Apera bag to one reader. With every three sprint packs that Apera sells, by the way, it donates one to Special Olympics. Enter below in Rafflecopter. In addition, by using this link, you can enter to win an Apera yoga tote during the month of February. Two chances at two different bags–not too shabby.
My giveaway ends next Wednesday, Feb. 19. Good luck!
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Disclaimer: Apera Bags gave me the performance duffle for free. All opinions are my own.